Thanks for stopping by our gear hut! We are pleased that we get a chance to help you hunt for treasure. Mother nature can be particularly grumpy when it comes to her mountains. She will pelt you with all matter of precipitation. It makes sense to protect your noggin and ears on those extra chilly days. Certainly, hats are not the most complex gear and unlike some ski equipment pretty straightforward. On this page we are simply going to look at a variety of designs and looks that will keep you lookin’ cool whether you’re flying down the mountain (you adrenaline junkie you) or dilly-dallying around the lodge. Feel free to peruse our best winter hats and ski hats list or view our info section where we talk about the most popular types of hats. Whether you’re looking for technical ski sportswear or a neat stylish winter hat, there’s something for everyone.

10 Best Ski Hats and Winter Hats of 2017

You’ve found the treasure! That was easy! This isn’t your plain old run-of-the-mill buried gold coins and jewels pirate treasure. As a matter of fact, this treasure comes in the form of the best ski hats and winter casual hats. How convenient, yarr harr harr.

Whether you’re on the hunt for one of the best beanies or simply searching for the best winter hats ideas, you’ve come to the right place.

1. Arc’teryx Rho LTW Beanie

Arcteryx RHO LTW Beanie

Canadian sporting goods and outdoor company Arc’teryx makes some of the best ski apparel money can buy. Unfortunately, all the quality comes at a price, including their Rho LTW Beanie. Forunately, you’re getting some good value here: merino wool, double layered headband for super snug fit, with anti-microbial and moisture wicking properties. The branding isn’t overdone with the one Archaeopteryx logo front and center.

  • Category: Beanie, Ski Wear, Unisex
  • Colors: Black, Pink, Blue, Red, Slate
  • Highlights: It fits well under a helmet. The double layered headband feels secure

2. Dale of Norway Holmenkollen Hat

Dale of Norway Holmenkollen Hat

Dale of Norway hand crafts each of their hats and sweaters in, you guessed it, Norway. These hats are only made with the absolute best materials: 100% virgin wool, 27 micron combed colonial wool, and 19 micro merino. It’s expensive, but you probably won’t need to set up monthly payments for it. This makes our top pick for the best beanies for men.

  • Category: Beanie, Winter Fashion, Men’s
  • Colors: 4 style options
  • Highlights: Handmade perfection with top tier materials

3. Mountain Hardwear Dome Perignon II Hat

Mountain Hardwear Unisex Dome Perignon II Hat

If your little earsies get cold when the wind blows, this is a great option. It is one of the best beanies for winter and offers full ear coverage with its fleece-lined inner ear band. Featuring Mountain Hardwear’s Windbloc technology, the Perignon II offers a fine balance of breathability and wind blockage. The Toasty Tweed Fleece is 100% polyester and the back panel incorporates a stretch fleece for a custom fit.

  • Category: Beanie, Mountain Sportswear, Unisex
  • Colors: 4 style options
  • Highlights: Windbloc technology, protects ears and keeps them toasty with full ear coverage

4. Burton DND Beanie 3-Pack

Burton DND beanie 3-pack

Ah the quintessential Burton beanie. A great beanie for the price. If you’re looking for a simple, straightforward beanie you won’t mind beating up, this 3 pack fits the bill. Simple styling, 100% acrylic with a slouch style fit, and a wide array of color sets to choose from propelled this to our list of the best winter hats.

  • Category: Slouch Beanie, Unisex
  • Colors: 12 color sets to choose from
  • Highlights: Cheap 3 pack of beanies that will keep your dome warm

5. Seirus Innovation Heatwave Ember Beanie

Seirus Innovation Heatwave Ember Beanie Knit Hat For Cold Weather Protection

A simple, no frills beanie. This is a one size fits most, slouchy style beanie. The hat itself is 100% acrylic, while the lining is 100% polyester. Seirus has been in the game for over 30 years making all manner of hats, gloves, and more. This fine gauge knit beanie is plenty stretchy for a good look, plus the heatwave band inside keeps the ears warm.

  • Category: Slouch Beanie, Unisex
  • Colors: Graphite, Amazon, Ocean
  • Highlights: Very stretchy, minimalist styling

6. The North Face Denali Thermal Ear Gear

The North Face Denali Thermal Ear Gear

Maybe it isn’t a hat day. Maybe it’s a headband day. Protect your ears and keep them cozy during winter’s most bitter days with some ear gear. The high loft fleece fabric is wonderfully plush and silky soft. The classic headband style with The North Face embroidered logo is a timeless style piece.

  • Category: Headband, Women’s
  • Colors: Pink, Red, Gray, White, Black
  • Highlights: Soft plush fleece, doesn’t aggravate the hairdo

7. Helly Hansen Ridgeline Beanie

Helly Hansen Unisex Ridgeline Beanie

Not everyone can pull off the pom-pom, and only the bravest men should try. This retro beanie is a throwback to when times were simpler, when wood skis caused skiers’ feet all sorts of trouble. For their authentic styling, we award the Ridgeline with one of our top picks for the best winter hats for men. With the Ridgeline, you get Helly Hansen quality. A water resistant blend of acrylic and spandex fights off powder with a quick one two to the chops.

  • Category: Throwback Beanie, Ski Wear, Men’s
  • Colors: Olympian or Graphite styles
  • Highlights: Shake your pom pom shake your pom pom

8. Kate Spade Half Bow Beanie

Kate Spade New York Women's Half Bow Beanie

Kate Spade is almost always a sure bet, and their Half Bow Beanie is no exception. A 70% acrylic, 30% wool blend offers warmth and flexibility. A neat bow accents the back cuff of the brim adding a touch of festive charm. This is our pick for one of the best winter hats for women.

  • Category: Fashion Beanie, Designer Women’s
  • Colors: Red, Black, White, Heather Grey
  • Highlights: Clever design offers style without sacrificing functionality

9. Arc’teryx Rho AR Balaclava

Arcteryx RHO AR Balaclava

Sometimes you can’t mess around with one of those beanies. The Rho AR Balaclava means business. Black diamond business. This balaclava is constructed with Arc’teryx’s Polartec Power Stretch which is a fancy way of saying it offers both moisture control and breathability. The anatomical shape fits over the head and around the face snugly, providing protection against the toughest conditions. This is our top pick for the best ski hat.

  • Category: Balaclava, Technical/Performance Ski Wear, Unisex
  • Colors: Red, Black, White, Heather Grey
  • Highlights: Clever design offers style without sacrificing functionality

10. Patagonia Powder Town Beanie

Patagonia Unisex Powder Town Beanie

Fit right in with the mountain town crowd with this retro beanie from Patagonia. Patagonia is definitely one of the best beanie brands out there. This gorgeous line of beanies is made from 96% recycled polyester, and 4% spandex thrown in there for good measure. That’s a step in the right sustainable direction. The rib knit cuff is ultra soft, and is a slightly thicker than usual 3 inches.


  • Category: Retro Beanie, Ski Wear, Unisex
  • Colors: 12 styles to choose from
  • Highlights: A popular line in plenty of styles, the hat is made from 96% recycled materials
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